Plastic is one of the most commonly used items today. Plastic is used to make bottles, grocery bags, and many other types of disposable containers. Here are some reasons why it is important to recycle plastic.
The most important reason to recycle plastic is to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Plastic is one of the most commonly recyclable products that end up in landfills. Choosing to recycle plastic will help lessen the problem of overloaded garbage dumps.
Another reason to recycle is that plastic takes many years to break down. Because it is not a biodegradable substance, plastic hangs around for many years. Some estimates place the life of a plastic bottle at over 100 years.
Discarded plastic are also a danger to sea life. Every year there are many animal deaths caused by plastic in the oceans. Birds, seals, whales and dolphins often get tangle up in plastic debris and drown or suffocate, which causes damage to the aquatic ecosystem.
Plastic also contains toxins which can be harmful to the environment. Because plastic breaks down over a long period of time, the toxins inside of plastics slowly seep into the ground and eventually make it to the water table, which poisons the water supply.
We should recycle plastic because the way most people currently use it is wasteful. The EPA estimates that 50 percent of all plastics are used once and then thrown away. Making the decision to recycle will help to reduce waste.
The final reason to recycle plastic is that it is easy for everyone to do. It is just as easy to place a plastic bottle in a recycle bin as it is to place it in a trash can. Everyone should make the conscience decision to recycle not just their plastic, but all their recyclable goods.
Check out the video below to see how the world’s biggest plant recycles plastic.